It was love at first site when I saw the Piece of Silver sweater in Laine magazine. The sweater had all the right things going on - boxy shape, turtleneck, cropped length and... speckles.
Pattern: Piece of Silver by Veera Välimäki from Issue 1 of Laine magazine
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Birch (3 skeins)
Size Made: Small
Modifications: added 1" length to body
I obsessed for days about which speckled Madelinetosh yarn I was going to use for this sweater and I finally settled on Birch—a super subtle cream base with charcoal, black, and grey speckles. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light for this, going against everything I ever tell people about choosing yarn for sweaters. I know a single-ply, super-soft, fingering weight yarn is not going to hold up great. There will be pilling. I'm okay and prepared for this because I just can't resist the soft, drapey fabric this yarn produces. I'll take care of this sweater and treat it kindly and not throw my backpack on over it like I like to do with my more hardy sweaters.
The time investment fingering weight sweaters demand are well-worth it for the wear-ability. I love a fingering weight sweater. The fabric is light and ever-so-drapey. It is the perfect transition season garment—warm enough to layer if it's brisk and not too hot.
This was a simple pattern to knit with a basic top-down, raglan construction. The large turtleneck, sleeves, and hem are finished with a 2 x 2 rib and some short-row shaping at the neck ensure a flattering fit. I love the cropped, boxy shape of this sweater—not unlike 100 Acts of Sewing's Shirt no. 1 I'm also currently obsessed with. This is a great no-brainer knitting project for social gatherings and travel.
Laine magazine is a new Nordic knitting lifestyle magazine and this pattern appears in the 1st issue. It is gorgeous and I loved knitting up this sweater - I'm excited to see what's next in their 2nd issue, out soon! You can see more Piece of Silver sweaters by checking out the #pieceofsilverkal on Instagram. All the ♥ for this one!